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Camp Adventure has weeks of fun, learning in store

— Life-saving techniques, crime-solving and the culinary arts are some of the activities in store for children ages 6-12 who attend South Florida State College’s Camp Adventure, which will be in session June 9 to July 24.

Kids will meet 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. An optional Friday program takes campers on field trips to local attractions.

June 9-12 begins with an educational glimpse at what health-care professionals do and what SFSC students learn in nursing and dentistry about radiography, phlebotomy and more.

Students who are mad about science will get a look at working in a science lab June 16-19, discovering cause and effect, chemical reactions and creating the camper’s own “concoction.” The optional Friday field trip is MOSI in Tampa.

June 23-26 is about public safety and crime-solving. Campers will learn about collecting data and evidence. Law Enforcement Academy cadets and EMS/EMT students will share their daily drills. The Friday field trip will be a tour of the Highlands County Courthouse with Judge Peter Estrada.

The week of July 7-10, the Junior Chefs Culinary Academy will feature Chef Brown, who will share how cooking combines science, math, reading, health and social skills in every recipe. Thursday, campers open the doors of their restaurant to faculty, parents and staff to enjoy an Italian lunch.

The Kids Garage and Soapbox Derby is July 14-17, and kids will get hands-on experience in auto mechanics and collision. The basics cover skills such as using a tire gauge, checking the oil, and driver and passenger safety. There will be an annual Soapbox Derby on Thursday.

The final week, July 21-24, the camp features a ride in an SFSC semi-truck and a first-hand look at the electrical program’s bucket truck as it reaches for the sky. Adventurers may also have their pictures taken while they look at all features of an ambulance, fire truck and police car. The final Friday celebration offers kids a day sliding down a bouncy water slide.

The cost of Camp Adventure is $100 for Monday through Thursday each week and $25 for optional field trips on Fridays. Camp will not be in session June 30 to July 4.

For information or an application, go to southflorida.edu and click the orange Community tab, then Camp Adventure,

SFSC gala, auction raises $46K toward endowment

— The South Florida State College Foundation Inc. held its 30th annual Meeting and President’s Gala on April 26 at the Hotel Jacaranda.

Approximately 160 guests attended to honor outstanding individuals and raise funds for student scholarships.

The black-tie event is hosted by the SFSC Foundation and benefits scholarships, athletics and foundation endeavors.

“The event is a meaningful way for the Foundation to recognize donors and remind ourselves of the significant role they have in advancing the operations of the college,” said Thomas Leitzel, SFSC president. “We are so fortunate to have amazing community partners who generously support SFSC.”

The proceeds from the evening’s auction, ticket sales and associated pledges totaled more than $46,000 toward a new unrestricted endowment at SFSC.

Each year, the foundation conducts its annual meeting during the banquet and raises money for student scholarships.

Last year, the foundation awarded more than $475,000 in scholarships.

During the meeting, the board elected and welcomed two new directors for three-year terms, Judge Angela Cowden and Patty Manderville.

SFSC students Juliette Perez, recipient of the Sebring Sunrise Rotary Scholarship, and Anthony Evans, recipient of the Joe L. and Pat Davis Scholarship, told benefactors that their support provides life-changing opportunities for college students as well as their own.

Perez was the first person in her family to attend college and hopes to attend the University of Central Florida to fulfill her dream of becoming a Disney princess.

Evans is a nontraditional student and single father who works full time while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.

Evans plans to attend the University of Florida to pursue a bachelor’s degree in astrophysics and eventually earn a doctorate in astrophysics.